Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2023/24

This is regarded as a national dish of Singapore, created by the Hainanese based here back in day. Rice grains are fried with garlic, chopped shallots and chicken oil before cooking in chicken stock and pandan leaves. The fowl is blanched and then dunked in cold water to smoothen the skin. It is served cold or room temperature over the hot rice with dips of ginger, caramel soy sauce and vinegar garlic chilli and some greens like cucumber slices.

Chicken Rice

169 Hainanese Chicken Rice

335 Smith St #02-169, Chinatown Cplx Food Ctr (Map) 11am – 3pm Wed

Judging from the heartland Chinatown aficionados (read: old fussy palates) that throng this stall each day, you can tell something is right about their chicken rice. Despite being served in wobble styrofoam to reduce manpower and cleaning costs, it hits all these notes in the right places. The poached chicken (the more popular and traditional version) here comes with gelatinised juices peeping from each slice of the fowl. It is smooth and soft, and you can taste the chicken/pandan stock it was poached in. The rice is soft enough, but not overly so and it comes with a stinging, tangy chilli sauce which we advise you to go easy on. You can instead dip them in the caramel soy sauce or ginger sauce. They also offer gizzards and liver plus the usual comforting plate of bean sprouts and oyster sauce greens.


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